Free Newsletter
Register for our Free Newsletters
Access Control
Deutsche Zone (German Zone)
Education, Training and Professional Services
Government Programmes
Guarding, Equipment and Enforcement
Industrial Computing Security
IT Security
Physical Security
View All
Other Carouselweb publications
Carousel Web
Defense File
New Materials
Pro Health Zone
Pro Manufacturing Zone
Pro Security Zone
Web Lec
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
ProSecurityZone Sponsor

Illegal download tracker used by FAST

The Federation Against Software Theft : 28 January, 2008  (Company News)
The Federation Against Software Theft warns that they can now track illegal software downloads from selected sites which are being monitored.
The Federation Against Software Theft (The Federation) has launched Phase Three of Operation Tracker in its drive against Internet software piracy, including such law breaking at work.

The powerful system - nicknamed the CCTV of the Internet - enables The Federation to trace those making software available illegally, and the library of what they have on offer, from company connections to the Internet. Evidence of this will lead to identification allowing investigative action.

This latest Phase has been launched following recent research The Federation conducted with YouGov, in which it was found that only 2% of the UK workforce thought that stealing software was an issue - and that they would get caught.

Tracker Three builds on the success of its two predecessors, which have seen Internet Service Providers ordered to hand over personal details of people using their networks to illegally share software; and companies being confronted with evidence of instances of illegal software being made available from their systems.

Despite the accuracy of Operation Tracker, the emphasis of subsequent action is intended to focus on organisations and send a message to the directors who allow their employees to break the law. However, if there is infringement by individuals, The Federation will consider acting accordingly. Action by The Federation is primarily to combat the complacency of Directors towards the increasing problem of software piracy that it believes prevails in all sectors of corporate UK, both public and private.

Tracker 3 investigations are expected to catch those who use the latest generation file sharing technologies which work by sharing parts of a file, known as "swarming".

John Lovelock, Chief Executive of The Federation commented, "The march of technology assists both the law breaker and the investigator.

'Corporate liability is something that management cannot afford to gloss over - misuse of software is something Directors cannot plead ignorance to. If employees are using the corporate network for illegal activity those in charge may be liable. Theft is theft and will be treated accordingly."

The campaign is founded on The Federation's understanding that staff may take advantage of their employers' high speed internet access and large storage capabilities in their enterprises for illegal file sharing.

The Federation has an excellent track record in battling software piracy and has successfully lobbied for changes in legislation to ensure that intellectual property rights are properly protected.

It has also been successful in conducting prosecutions on behalf of FAST members and, together with the Fast Standard for Software Compliance programme, has recovered over £8,000,000 for the industry.

'Operation Tracker Three is not designed to achieve overnight results. Rather it is a long-term surveillance operation aimed at successfully tracing and bringing to book anyone found to be blatantly flouting the law," said Lovelock.

"Our message hasn't changed: installing software unlawfully is wrong. After all you would not let your employees steal a company car so why are corporates allowing this to continue?'
Bookmark and Share
Home I Editor's Blog I News by Zone I News by Date I News by Category I Special Reports I Directory I Events I Advertise I Submit Your News I About Us I Guides
   © 2012
Netgains Logo